Our History

John Grob is a fourth generation Washingtonian who began his career in 1970 assuming the management of Pelzman-Grob Company (a regional distributor of housewares) following the untimely death of his father.


In 1979, with market changes reducing the dependency of retailers to purchase their products through distributors, he decided to form an independent manufacturer’s sales agency to offer more value added services in an industry that he became well familiar with during his distributor experience.


J.Grob Associates was founded to establish the highest standards of sales and marketing available and then represent a hybrid of manufacturers and importers of upscale and innovative products in the Houseware industry; later expanding into the Gift, Tabletop, Home Décor, Stationery, Gourmet Foods and Furniture industries. What began as five individuals selling products in four states has expanded to a team of thirteen professionals with more than 150 years of industry experience representing 25 brand name suppliers in nine states.